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Ted447 Plus
7 216 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 8:17AM
Great image. Ted. GrinGrin

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Nikonuser1 Plus
7 163 16 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 8:31AM
A super capture of this Puffin NigelSmile

Cliff
Richsr 13 91 223 England
4 Sep 2014 8:48AM
A good background to set it against Nigel
regards
Richard
jadus 8 1.2k 3 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 8:56AM
Nice one Nigel!

Jade
4 Sep 2014 9:10AM
A superb shot, Nigel.

RichardSmile
peterthowe 11 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 9:10AM
Sorry, It is overexposed. See mine today. Pete Howe
ColleenA Plus
7 445 7 Australia
4 Sep 2014 10:03AM
What a beautiful puffin image, they are one of my favourite birds...great photography
JohnoP 14 2
4 Sep 2014 10:27AM
Lovely work Nigel....really enhanced by that gorgeous background! Smile John
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 10:29AM
Had a look at Peter's and I think the breast is well overexposed in parts in his!
Not a patch on yours Nigel - detail in the shadows, whites look good with feathers evident.
Plus yours has bags of appeal against that grey sky.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
billmyl Plus
7 171 1 Scotland
4 Sep 2014 11:25AM
Beautifully shot with lovely detail.

Bill
gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
4 Sep 2014 12:30PM
The best shot of one of these I have ever seen
NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 1:33PM
A very fine isolated capture with pin sharp detail and great colouring throughout.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
4 Sep 2014 4:08PM
One of my favourite birds - a super image
great shot. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
Nigeve1 7 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 7:27PM
Many thanks to everyone for their votes and comments and to Gary and Kate for their very valued UA's.

Nigel
Nigeve1 7 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 8:27PM

Quote:Sorry, It is overexposed. See mine today. Pete Howe


Thanks for your comment Pete, I am always happy to have any critique on my images. I am not sure on what basis you think this is overexposed. So far as I am aware, there are two definitions of correct exposure, it may be defined as an exposure that achieves the effect the photographer intended, which is what I have done here.
A more technical approach recognises that a photographic sensor has a physically limited useful exposure range, sometimes called its dynamic range. If, for any part of the photograph, the actual exposure is outside this range, the sensor cannot record it accurately. Out-of-range values would be recorded as "black" (underexposed) or "white" (overexposed) rather than the precisely graduated shades of colour and tone required to describe "detail". Therefore, the purpose of exposure adjustment (and/or lighting adjustment) is to control the physical amount of light from the subject that is allowed to fall on the film, so that 'significant' areas of shadow and highlight detail do not exceed the sensor's useful exposure range. This ensures that no 'significant' information is lost during capture. In terms of overexposure, localised pixels on the sensor are not overwhelmed by a greater number of light photons than can be recorded and show as undetailed white.
If you check the histogram in any processing software for this image, there is no sign of blown out highlights on the right side, so based on either of these criteria, it is to my mind not overexposed.

I am very happy to be corrected on this if my knowledge is suboptimal.

What you may actually mean is that as a result of processing there is relatively low contrast in this image. I shot in RAW files and used the histogram to expose as far to the right i.e. as close to overexposure without blowing highlights as possible. My reason for this is that the majority of information from a modern sensor is in the brightest one stop before overexposure, giving maximal data to edit. I have then reduced the highlights to bring out white plumage detail and brought out shadow areas to get detail in the black plumage in Adobe Camera Raw. To my mind this is largely a matter of personal preference on presentation where I was aiming to extract plumage detail, you may prefer a more contrasty image, which is fine. There is however also some pure black in this image, again clearly visible on the histogram.

I would be interested to know what you think.
richmowil Plus
11 411 2 England
4 Sep 2014 9:29PM
This Puffin stands out well against the OOF background. The composition is good and I like this image very much, Nigel!!

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